The future is in very safe hands. The students I met from Oldbawn Community School,Loreto High School Beaufort, Terenure College, Gaelscoil Choláiste An Phiarsaigh (Rathfarnham), Our Lady's ,Templeogue and Terenure College are a credit to themselves and their teachers and schools. I was delighted to get to meet the eventual winner, Shane Curran, a few hours before he new he had been selected as Young Scientist 2017.
As you may know, NAMA is proposing to sell close to 5000 acres of the Dublin mountains. The following letter to the Minister for Heritage, Heather Humphries, TD, outlines my objections and proposals in this regard. I have also included a response from NAMA which indicates that it is willing to sell the land to the state and now all that seems to be holding such a sale up is the price of the land. It is important, if you feel as I do that this land should be purchased for the people by the state, that you make your views known by writing to Heather Humpreys at firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking this petition link and click your approval https://my.uplift.ie/petitions/stop-the-sale-of-5-000-acres-of-the-dublin-mountains-by-nama
The National Transport Authority (NTA) granted funding in 2012 to carry out a study into the feasibility of a walking and cycling route along the full length of the Dodder River from Bohernabreena in South Dublin to Grand Canal Dock in Dublin City. South Dublin County Council commissioned the feasibility study on behalf of the NTA in consultation with Dublin City Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The Dodder Feasibility Study was completed in 2013.The National Transport Authority (NTA) granted funding in 2012 to carry out a study into the feasibility of a walking and cycling route along the full length of the Dodder
6th January 2016
Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has said that the Central Bank rules on mortgage lending, in place since February of last year, need to be reviewed to examine the impact they are having on the ability of young couples and individuals to purchase their first home. In particular, he is calling for the rules to be modified in order that an established track record of paying rent is taken as evidence of ability to service a mortgage.
How SDCC is Supporting Business in the County in 2016
I am Chairperson of the County’s Economic, Enterprise and Tourism Strategy Committee. We produced the first Tourism Strategy for the County earlier this year and I chaired the Tourism Working Group which brought it into being.
Tourism development and promotion is identified as a new opportunity for jobs and economic growth.
The following initiatives and funding are being provided for in 2016:
Dublin South West
A new Constituency of Dublin South West was established by the Boundary Commission in 2012. Click here for a larger map.
It now incorporates a part of the old Dublin South Constituency - including the Rathfarnham, Balltyroan, Knocklyon and Ballyboden Areas.
The new constituency replaces the old four seat Dublin South West.
It has an electorate of almost 110,000 people.
It comprises the following Electoral Wards:
Housing & Homelessness Budget SDCC 2016
Proposed Link Road to Bohernabreena Road and across the Dodder at Bohernabreena from Oldcourt
I want to bring your attention to a proposal in the Draft County Development Plan which has just finished its public consultation phase and will be considered by your councillors in the months ahead.
There is a proposal (medium to long term) for the construction of a road connecting those lands remaining to be developed in the Ballycullen Oldcourt area with the Bohernabreena Road and the Kiltipper Road. It is the most important measure proposed in the Draft Plan affecting the Ballycullen area. The map on the left is for your information and assistance. If you click on the map it will enlarge. Please click 'read more' below for further details.
The full link to an enlarged detailed map is available at this link - you will need to zoom to see the detail.
The following is the text of a letter I sent to the CEO of South Dublin County Council earlier this week. I'm really disappointed, despite repeated requests from me, that the Council has not made an effort to support the County team in the All-Ireland Final through flags and bunting along major routes into and out of the county - and this is not about the GAA exclusively - I would want to see the Council put out some colour for all our sporting heroes who work so hard to achieve so much and bring honour to their county.